"In the universe of Star Trek, the Prime Directive, Starfleet's General Order #1, is the most prominent guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets. The Prime Directive dictates that there can be no interference with the internal development of alien civilizations.
It has special implications, however, for civilizations that have not yet developed the technology for interstellar spaceflight ("pre-warp"), since no primitive culture can be given or exposed to any information regarding advanced technology or the existence of extraplanetary civilizations, lest this exposure alter the natural development of the civilization."
The socialist politics pop up quite a bit in the Star Trek sequelae, er, sequels. According to the Federation of Planets page at Wikipedia, they also have an economy that functions without money - but there's this thing they use called "credits"
Yeah, socialism is a premise of the Star Trek universe. Shame really. But it's taken any joy out of watching it for me.
Not for me. I don't agree with the socialistic message behind Star Trek, but just because I don't agree with that sort of thing doesn't mean I don't like something like, say, The Grapes of Wrath.
Most things in Star Trek aren't too well thought-out. The existence of "holodecks" for instance. The free-market entertainment value alone would drastically alter the human race (everyone that owned one would become a recluse). Or if there's still a State, it would be used to enslave the entire population.
that was for Autolykos.
The next sequel could one-up Dallas by having Data walk into the bathroom to find Tasha Yar taking a shower.
Let's just hope his emotion chip isn't turned on when that happens.
If it were Seven of Nine he would short-circuit.
Malachi:Anyone got any theories on why there are tons of officers and few to no enlisted men? Is it because they have machines to do all the work by then?
An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
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Yep, but nobody wore the Borg suit like Jeri Ryan!
*ahem* Deanna Troi anyone?
lol me too actually I was hooked on TNG, but only saw her as the bionic borg woman in clips and posters. It wasn't enough to get me to watch Deep Space Nine or Voyager (whichever one she was on)
Exemplified in the episode about Lt. Barclay's holoddiction.
Haha, yes, I remember that one. When Troi found out about that one...that must have been the CORE of embarrassment.
Well it's her fault actually, with the kind of stuff she wore on the show.